How Did We Get the New Testament?

The Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology calls inspiration the “cornerstone of evangelical theology.” But how God’s Word moved from the mind of God to the biblical writers, to their immediate audience, and finally, to the translations you and I read is a complicated and fascinating process. Understanding that process can help you answer objections to the reliability of Scripture, overcome misunderstandings, and renew your appreciation for God’s Word.

In his Mobile Ed course How We Got the New Testament, Dr. Michael Heiser tells the story of that process. He guides you from the inspiration of Scripture to the discovery and transmission of manuscripts, describes the role of scribes, discusses significant Greek New Testament manuscripts, and examines translation philosophies and controversies.

Now’s the time to enroll in this course for the Mobile Ed Summer Session. This is a unique opportunity to have a seminary-level education experience without leaving home. Watch the video below to learn more about Heiser’s course, then stick around for details on how to participate in the Mobile Ed Summer Session.


Learn in community this summer

Take this course as part of the Mobile Ed Summer Session and experience seminary-level instruction alongside a community of fellow students, with online discussions moderated by a Logos scholar. You’ll also get a bundle of the most relevant Logos books, as well as the study materials and video lectures included in every Mobile Ed course. Upon successful completion of Heiser’s How we Got the New Testament, you’ll be one-third of the way toward eligibility for the New Testament Cornerstone Certificate.

This course’s discussion group begins on July 1enroll in this Summer Session course today.


Further your education and earn a New Testament certificate for your portfolio and continuing education in just 6 weeks—take three Mobile Ed courses from top scholars and earn your New Testament Cornerstone Certificate, an almost $600 value all for just $499. Learn more about the Cornerstone Certificate Program today.

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Tyler Smith
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  • God bless:

    Excellent initiative.

    My question: for us lay people, where could we go to get ideas on topics to choose for the research paper?

    So far I am inclined to touch on “Textual criticism and theology”, but would like to know good resources to check for different subtopics within the category, to see if there is something not too complicated that I can research and write about.

    [Dr. David C. Parker has an article, but I am not sure if it will be available when the Master Journal bundle becomes available].

    Thanks for any guidance.


    • Hi, Hamilton.

      Interesting question. Your best resource is without a doubt your professor or classmates. I would chat with them to generate ideas. You also might try looking through the bibliographies of scholarly resources about the general subject your interested in, then drilling down into key issues represented by the resources included there.

      Hope that’s helpful.

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